The future Mercedes E-Class planned for the spring of 2016 will be followed, very quickly, by the new BMW 5 Series.
The next 18 months will be crucial for the premium big class of limousines.
BMW will launch the new BMW 5 Series in July 2016, four months after the new Mercedes E-Class generation. Like the current generation, the new BMW 5 Series will be available in three versions: a limousine (code name G 30) in July 2016, an estate version (code name G 31) in November 2016 and the GT in the spring of 2017. In November 2017, the new Audi A6 will follow.
The next BMW 5 Series will be based on the new platform known internally as ”35 up”, used for the new 7 Series and for the next 6 Series generation.
BMW has the same goals as Audi and Mercedes: less weight, more flexibility and high efficiency. As in the case of the new 7 Series, the 5 Series body will be a mix of aluminium, magnesium, steel and CFRP. Three hybrid versions are planned with an electric range up to 50 km. The modern assistance systems from the new 7 Series will also be offered in the 5 Series including the new self parking, using mobile phone application.
For the first time, a 5 Series limousine will be available with a 3-cylinder engine. With 150 HP, the three cylinder engine will have a fuel consumption of only 3.9 l/100 km, a record in this segment.
But on the other side, BMW will not give up on the 6 cylinder engine. According to Auto Bild magazine, there will be two 3-liter petrol versions and three 3-liter diesel engines, all of them bearing 6 cylinders:
- 530i/333 HP
- 535i/375 HP
- 530d/286 HP
- 530d/333 HP
- M550d/401 HP with three turbos and one electric turbo
The next M5 will keep the current V8 4.4-liter turbo and the rumours are talking about a 600 HP maximum output. For the first time, the M5 will be available with a four wheel drive.